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Cool for Cats
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Cool for Cats
Year 1979
Genre New Wave
Language English
Source Rock Band 2
Release 14 September 2008
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Cool for Cats is a song by Squeeze.

Chris Difford half sings, half narrates this in a cockney accent as if down his local pub telling stories to his mates. It depicts a typical young British male who dreams of a more exciting life but struggles along as best he can.

The only Squeeze singles to be sung by lyricist/rhythm guitarist Difford are this and 1989's "Love Circles." Glenn Tilbrook, who writes the music, sings lead on most of their songs, although Paul Carrack took the mic on "Tempted." Difford had no idea he was going to sing this song when he wrote the lyrics for it.

The title is a reference to the UK TV series Cool for Cats, which ran from 1956 to 1961. In the September 1979 New Music magazine, Chris Difford explained: "I don't know if you're familiar with the phrase 'Cool For Cats,' but it was the first Rock 'n' Roll television show in England during 1959. That's where the album and single title originated - I just worked it into some personal experiences within the lyrical content."

The "Sweeney" in the second verse was a police TV show very popular among young British males in the late '70s.

In 1992, the song was re-released in the UK after it was featured in a British TV commercial for milk. This time it charted at #62